Volta Separatists Freed

An Accra High Court has discharged nine persons who were
arrested and put before  it for allegedly
calling for the secession of the Volta Region and the Eastern Corridor from
Ghana.

This follows a decision by the Office of the Attorney
General to withdraw the case against the accused persons.

Appearing before the court presided over by three judges,
Winnifred Sarpong, a senior state attorney told the court that they have been
instructed to withdraw the case against the nine.

The panel presided over by Justice Jerome Noble Nkrumah with
Justices Ekow Baiden and Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe struck out the case as
withdrawn and discharged the accused persons.

Arrest.

Eight members of Ho based Homeland Study Group Foundation
were initially arrested on May 5, 2019 by a combined military and police team
recently in Ho where they were said to be holding a secret meeting to carry out
their nefarious activities.

They were flown to Accra and later put before an Accra High
Court on the charge of treason.

Other charges include abetment of unlawful assembly and
offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace.

They were said to have in their possession a constitution,
as well as an emblem which they intend to use for their new country.

They included leader of the group  Charkes Kudjordji, Bisa Akorli, 54; Kofi
Dzreke, 39; Thompson Tsigbe, 58; Benjamin Agbadzada, 48;Agbenyega Akudzi, 54;
Freemen Blikaku, 36; and Nkpe Tsryiri Kudzo, 61.

A military officer based in the Volta regional Capital, Ho
was later arrested and put before the court for aiding members of the group.

Sergeant Kpogli Samuel Kwabla was alleged to have leaked
information to members of the group, who were in a meeting to allegedly plan to
declare independence on May 5 and hide their weapons due to a pending search by
a joint police and military team.

They were all granted a bail of GH¢800,000 each while the
state prepared to prove its case.

They were to provide two sureties each, one to be justified.

As part of the bail conditions, the investigator was to
verify the physical locations of all the accused persons, as well as the
sureties before the bail band is executed.

Again, the accused persons were to report to the Criminal
Investigations Department (CID) every Monday and Thursday until otherwise
ordered.

Founder and leader of the group, 85-year-old retired educationist, Charles Kormi Kudjordji, was earlier been granted bail in the sum of GH₵250,000 with two sureties, one to be justified.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak



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